Balloon Race Team


Pete Copeland, Executive Director

Melissa UngEvent Coordinator

Board of Directors:

Chris DonderoPresident – Nevada Insurance Agency Company
Whitney Freeman, Vice PresidentReno Eye Institute
Pilar M. Aldecoaotalora, Board Member
Michael Buis, Board Member – Pacific States Communications
David Taylor, Past President – Microsoft
Ed Buzzetti, Grounds Specialist – Aeronaut Squadron
Nancy Gilbert,
 General Council Attorney-at-Law
Ginnie Kersey, 
Board Member
Mike Klaich, 
Treasurer – EideBailly, CPAs
Frank Picone,
Board Member Chase International
Tony Rivara, 
Pilot Representative – The Great Reno Balloon Race Pilots
Ron Smith,
 Board Member – Voice of The Great Reno Balloon Race
Peggy Stromer, 
Board Member – Aeronaut Squadron


Katie Griggs, Flight Director
Aaron Dieringer, Launch Commander
Greg Taggert, Safety Director
Larry Ratkoviak, Safety Director
Michael Heidemann, Safety Officer
Geoff Dieringer,Chief Scoring Official
Shawn Waggoner, Scoring Official

Forrest Griggs, Public Safety Officer
Mike Compagnioni, Propane Staff
Peggy Stromer, Launch Staff
Laura Ingram, Launch Staff
Barry Varischetti, Launch Staff
Josh Varischetti, Launch Staff
Dave Warriner, Launch Staff
Gay James, Launch Staff
Anne Vandruska, Launch Staff
Mardi Lester, Launch Staff
Sharon Kaempfer, Launch Staff
Kevin Ingram, Launch Staff
Shirely Keys, Launch Staff
Chris Moore, Launch Staff
Steve Brown, Weather Officer
Gwen Brown, Weather Officer
Larry Jensen, Weather Officer
Pat Jensen, Weather Officer

Committee Leaders:

Dianna Krueger, Cloud 9
Mary Weber, Merchandise
Nina Roseburrough, Rangers/Security
Brenda Mercer, Crewing
Ted Stutz, Crewing
Tom Muller, Parking
Connie Douglas, Parking


Michael Ung, Videographer/Photographer
Heather Beecher, Photographer
Marilyn Newton, Photographer